I've already posted a couple of times but I thought I should let everyone know who I am.
My real name is Matt, I live in Melbourne Australia, and I have a long term fascination with bicycles.
(sounds like I'm introducing myself in one of those 12 step programs)
This is a long post. Sorry. I get enthusiastic.
My Current Bikes
2006 Specialized Hardrock Sport (size XL).
Bought December 24 2005. I bought this because was big, solid, and would be more comfortable than my existing mountain bike. I swapped out the standard wheels and brakes for 32H XT Hub Sun Single tracks and Avid BB7 calipers with 160mm rotors and avid speed dial 7 levers. I swapped the stem and bars for a 100mm 31.8mm Canondale stem and FSA FR270 Bars (uncut). With BBB bar ends, this thing barely fits through a standard door. Tyres are Vittoria Randonneur Cross 26x1.75, but it has formerly run Maxxis Hookworm 26x2.5, Maxxis Larsen TT 26x2.0, and some stupendous Michelin 26x2.5 downhill knobbies, as well as the ones that came with it. I like its current setup for commuting. I've put between 2000 and 3000km on this. It cost me $650 to buy, $700 for Wheels/Brake Levers/Calipers/Installation, and I've probably spent over $300 on tyres.
2006 Diamond Back Racing Interval.
Bought October 7 2006. I bought this because I had decided to enter triathlons, and didn't know yet whether I would enjoy them. It cost $750, making it the cheapest road bike I had seen in the 6 bike stores I had been into in the two previous weeks. It was cheap for a reason. Sora 16 speed and some of the crappiest Wheels and Hubs I had ever rolled on. I pinch flatted this thing 5 times in the first week before taping up the rims with fabric tape and changing the tyres to specialized pro 700x25s. I then bought new wheels and then made it tri specific. I since returned it to stock and have lent this bike to a mate. I found out I really liked triathlons, and have just bought myself a new bike - built from the ground up with some expensive bits.
Specialized S-Works Transition 58cm
Specialized don't put a model year on their framesets but this is the 2005 model. I wasn't planning to get this particular bike, but I saw the frame on eBay, asked some questions to determine its authenticity and then bought it. It turns out that a bike store owner had brought this in as a special order for a customer who had put down a deposit and then weirdly disappeared. It has FSA K-Force Carbon Cranks, FSA 56-44 TT Rings, Ultegra FD, Dura Ace RD/Chain/Cassette (11-21), FSA OS-140 Stem, Profile t2+ TT Bars, DA shifters, carbon levers, and 2 wheelsets. It is an absolute beast, I have had it together for 10 days, and not yet got up to 90rpm in 56-11, but hope to by next Tri Season (wish me luck.) I specced this and built it with a carbon seat pole and seat, but have since swapped that out for an alloy stem and XC seat. I'll probably race with the carbon setup. I spent $$$ on this thing. I feel like a w@nker on it, but I'm not alone on Beach road on the weekends.
My History with Bikes:
When I was six weeks short of being two years old and living in Papua New Guinea, I received my first trike from my parents. They didn't wait because I couldn't wait. (Apparently I would steal neighbours trikes and ride theirs).
I got a bigger trike when I was 4.
I got my first 2 wheel bike when I was 7.
I got my first BMX when I was 10.
I got my first 10 speed when I was 13. It was black, it had downtube friction shifters, and I eventually would ride that bike 200km a week.
In 1989, When I was 18, I got my first real-ish road bike. It was a 58cm Repco Victory Tri-A. With Tange Infinity Triple-butted Cromoly tubing, and 12 speed dual SIS on downtube shifters. I put maybe 10,000 km on this in its first incarnation. I still have almost all this bike. It cost $750AUD then.
I then drove, a lot. I partied, a lot. I travelled, a lot.
In 1995 I bought a Merida Mountain Bike - it was an Albontech 900, with 18 speeds. I kept this in pretty good nick, and my brother in law rides it occasionally. It cost me $899AUD.
In 1997, when I was living in Singapore, I bought a Gary Fisher mountain bike. I remember this because it got stolen from the front of my house. The wheels had been tacoed by one of my flatmates, so the thieves must have had a truck. That bike had grip shift and 21 speeds, it cost me $1100 SGD.
In 2001, when I was living in Edinburgh, I bought another mountain bike - I really can't remember what this one was, but I can remember that I made the bike shops day because I spent 450 pounds buying the full kit - bike, lock, pump, repair kit, helmet, lights, a set of slicks for about 10 minutes work from the sales guy. I used it as transport whilst in Edinburgh, and later in London. This one had 24 speeds. I sold this bike in 2002 in London.
In 2005, when I moved back to melbourne with my crappy 16 year old racer and 10 year old mountain bike, I decided that things would change. hence my new interest in bikes.